The Moscow City is preparing the technical requirements to purchase double-decker electric trains to meet transport capacity on the Moscow Central Circle (MCC).
The technical requirements for the new trains which will consider increased comfort for passengers and will contribute to the development of domestic rolling stock market.
“The creation of the double-deck electric train will strengthen the country’s economy. It will provide manufacturers with new orders, push market participants to organise additional production, create jobs, the need to acquire new competences and improve the quality of equipment, creating a favorable environment for import substitution, developing industrial potential and supporting the economy in the period of sanctionary influences. And, of course, it will increase the comfort of our passengers, which is our main task,” Maksim Liksutov, the Deputy Mayor of Moscow for Transport, said.
The technical specifications for the new generation double-decker electric trains take into account all modern passenger needs according to the Moscow Transport standards including spaces for bicycles, charging stations for electric scooters, USB and Type-C ports for gadgets charging, wireless charging capability, restrooms with changing tables, special seats for passengers with disabilities and touch screens.
The MCC has been put into operation in 2016 and today the passenger traffic exceeds 550 thousand passengers per day with the infrastructure being used at its maximum capacity.
The passenger traffic on the MCC and the Moscow Central Diameters not only recovered from the pandemic but has also increased since 2019. A total of 242 pairs of Lastochka trains on weekdays and 211 pairs on weekends run on the MCC per day. The capacity of the Lastochka train is 1.500 passengers. At peak hours, an electric train runs every 4 minutes and at non-peak hours – every 8 minutes.
The increased demand puts pressure on the infrastructure and existing rolling stock that made authorities to consider the option to introduce double-decker trains.